CICERO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — NewsChannel 9 has gotten several concerns from people about a proposal to put a bus garage near the corner of South Bay Road and Thompson Road in Cicero.
Theresa Montreal has lived on Michaeljon Way in for nearly 30 years, right around the corner from the site. She said it’s normally a quiet neighborhood. But she heads out onto Thompson Road, she knows what she’ll run into.
“Traffic, lots of it. Especially at certain times of day. At 5 o’clock, it’s horrendous,” said Montreal said.
So when she heard there’s a proposal to park more than 180 buses and hundreds of employee cars in this lot on South Bay Road?
“Wow. This town can’t handle it, it cannot handle it,” Montreal said.
An applicant is looking to buy that property. They’d lease it out to First Student, a school bus operation out of Syracuse.
In the minutes from a March Cicero planning board meeting, It says the following about First Student, Inc.
“They are in the process of being pushed out of their current location along with a number of other properties in the inner harbor that are being re-developed and they are looking to relocate. as part of doing that, they would strongly prefer to relocate before the school year starts again in the fall.”
The Cicero Planning Board said it’s looking it over like any application that it gets. The chair, Mark Marzullo, said they’re concerned about the traffic and the impact this business would have on residential uses. That includes noise and air quality, all part of an environmental study. And since this is a county road, the department of transportation is conducting a traffic study.
Still, neighbors like Montreal said this isn’t the place.
“It’s very discouraging. It’s not necessary. We don’t need a new bus garage,” Montreal said.
The site is listed as a commercial property and legally, a bus garage could go there. The planning board is holding a public hearing on the proposal on Aug. 7th.
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